National News Ontario to ban vaping ads; Ford government backtracks on class sizes SHARE ON: Wendy Gray, staff Friday, Oct. 25th, 2019 Ban will be in effect January 1st As vaping illnesses climb, the Ontario government is banning advertising of the habit. It’s expected the province will announce the ban on vaping ads today in convenience stores and gas stations. The ban will go into effect in the New Year. There have been 30 vaping related deaths State side and over 1,600 illnesses reported. Contract talks with teachers continue The Ford government has backtracked on a plan to increase high school class sizes. Yesterday the Minister of Education announced the province will hold class size at 25 students instead of the planned 28. Increasing class size has been a contentious issue in ongoing contract talks between the province and high school teachers. Lawsuit to be filed later today A climate change lawsuit is expected to be filed today against the federal government. Fifteen youth along with the David Suzuki Foundation, which is acting as a partner in the suit, say that young people disproportionately suffer the consequences of climate change. The suit demands the Canadian government cut greenhouse gas emissions to protect young Canadians. Fellow politicians call the graffiti “disgraceful” and “awful” Ottawa police are investigating vandalism to Catherine McKenna’s campaign office. Vandals spray painted vulgar names on the outside of the newly elected MP’s office. McKenna has faced sharp criticism in her role as Minister of the Environment and Climate Change over the federal carbon tax. She told the Canadian Press earlier this year online attacks have escalated and she sometimes requires a security detail.